How do you know that you’re focusing your efforts and emotions on the right person?
Some people who tried to answer this question have accidentally discovered the sometimes subtle but most of the time obvious differences between just “dating” someone and being “in a relationship” with another person.
It is important to remember that neither dating nor courtship is mandated in Scripture.
In the end, the Christian character and spiritual maturity of the couple is far more important than the exact nature of how and when they spend time together.
Question: "What is the difference between dating and courting?
" Answer: Dating and courtship are two methods of beginning relationships with the opposite sex.
If a couple is never alone together, they never have that one-on-one opportunity to relate and get to know one another in emotional and spiritual intimacy.
In addition, some courtship situations have led to borderline “arranged marriages” by the parents and have resulted in resentment in one or both of the young people.
Dating can really be enlightening especially for young people because they get to discover parts of themselves that they never knew existed.
On the other hand, being in a relationship requires an initial knowledge of the self in order to make the right decisions and to express a more sincere and genuine love for another person. Dating can be fleeting and short-term; a relationship can last a lifetime.
Does God have one specific person for you to marry? What is an appropriate level of intimacy before marriage?